Coast Guard searching for possible missing person in water near Champagne Ponds

  • Logan Whitfield
  • Logan Whitfield

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing person in the waters off Champagne Ponds in Puna.

Logan Whitfield, 31, of Canada, was last seen headed to go swimming in the vicinity of the ponds around 6 p.m. Sunday but did not return. Whitfield’s mother contacted the U.S. Coast Guard at 9:15 p.m. when her son did not return after several hours, as they had agreed upon.

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Whitfield is described at 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing black swim trunks, a black T-shirt, water shoes and had a black mask and snorkel.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, launched at 10:05 p.m. Sunday to search the area. Members from the Hawaii Police Department and Hawaii Fire Department are also conducting searches around the area.

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An urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners was issued requesting boaters in the area to keep a sharp lookout.

Anyone with information of Whitfield’s whereabouts should contact the Coast Guard at 808-842-2600.